I thought i'd come on blogger and simply write "eid mubarak to all my readers and fellow bloggers" and ta da! thats it. Then i thought that would be too dry and too short a post for a festival such as Eid.
Though i dont have any foreign, goray (notice my sad lil pouty face on the lack of this, gora syndrome eh!)or people coming from other religions visiting my blog still i better shed some light on what is Eid.
Well, Eid ul Fitr, famously known as choti eid to us Pakistanis, is a religious festival, a holiday that ties the final knot to the Holy month of Ramazan.That also brings us to the end of our 30 days of fasting and thus the term fitr which means breaking the fast. Highlights of this festivity include congregational prayers for men, cooking delicious food especially sweets, while the younger ones ask for eidi from their elders that comes in the form of gifts and money. I forgot to mention the big hugs we give to each other on account of eid milna. In short Eid holds something special for everyone.
Today, sadly though, the meaning of eid is to an extent lost, blurred out. The essence of the celebrations long forgotten.
Till now even i was blabbing out "ah,i am not looking forward to Eid *grunt*" I am ashamed to realize how wrong i am. Instead of being thankful for the blessed gift from Allah, here i am being one ungrateful person. I remember that Eid with my Nano (grandma) used to be so much fun though i never realized it then. There used to be some kind of a charm in getting all dressed up, going to her place, meeting all the relatives, the gathering, eating paan( this used to be one family ritual we never missed on) then going in front of the mirror and looking at our red tongues. The crisp note of 10 rupees and a warm, cozy hug from my Nano was everything. This all i miss...
Eid is still the same, just that i have drifted away. Just that i have stopped looking at the fun filled side of it that still awaits my attention. There is still wearing new clothes, applying henna late in the night, buttering up and sometimes nicking out eidi from brothers, eating the mouth watery delights mum cooks early in the morning...
On a lighter note, i am not very fond of henna but being part of the henna applying gang is much more fun. Besides its time when you can get creative with designs only to see them turn out disastrous in the end (as always). Since i am a Khusa lover/collector, Eid remains one of the reasons to shop for at least a new pair every year, sometimes twice during the bari Eid as well:D. By the way i got a pretty set of multi coloured bangles from my khala that blends well with my Eid suit. Hmm let me reconsider this, make it suits. Like always i have two Eid suits and thus the decision which one to wear on which day is mind boggling *ear to ear grin*. One is beige with multicolored embroidery,bead work etc, while the other one is deep, dark purple with ferozi (a shade of blue) thread embroidery and tiny mirrors on the front and the sleeves. The decision is going to take long ehehehe. As for those of my friends who lost their eid suits to the wild scissors and unknown mishaps of the tailors, i offer my deep condolence :p
EID Mubarak to everyone, those who are already celebrating it, have fun and eat lotsa sweets, and please dont make it a sleeping day.
heres a link( the owner doesnt allow embedding request) i came across while you tubing
eid mubarak song
Eid in Pakistan is either tomorrow or day after tomorrow, we still await the suspense by the moon sighting committee :D bless.
P.s if you were annoyed by the frequent colour change, theres nothing i can do for your lack of taste. Also there is some problem with the two lines that i cudnt colour for some weird reason :S